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function word

n.
A word, such as a preposition, a conjunction, or an article, that has little semantic content of its own and chiefly indicates a grammatical relationship. Also called form word, functor.

function word

n
(Grammar) grammar a word, such as the, with a particular grammatical role but little identifiable meaning. Compare content word, grammatical meaning

func′tion word`


n.
a word, as a preposition, conjunction, or article, that chiefly expresses grammatical relationships and has little semantic content of its own (disting. from content word).
[1935–40]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.function word - a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
determinative, determiner - one of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases
preposition - a function word that combines with a noun or pronoun or noun phrase to form a prepositional phrase that can have an adverbial or adjectival relation to some other word
pronoun - a function word that is used in place of a noun or noun phrase
conjunctive, connective, continuative, conjunction - an uninflected function word that serves to conjoin words or phrases or clauses or sentences
particle - a function word that can be used in English to form phrasal verbs
grammatical meaning - the meaning of a word that depends on its role in a sentence; varies with inflectional form
Translations
mot-outil
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To answer this question, we can look at patterns that correlate clearly with sex: in his studies comprising hundreds of thousands of text samples across a variety of genres (speeches, blogs, essays, etc.), Pennebaker has found a number of function word patterns that correlate with the sex of the speaker or writer.
Function word frames (7 types): frame consists of only function words such as prepositions, determiners, conjunctions, pronouns, etc.
There were two independent factors: the syntactic role of the word in which the target letter appeared (content word versus function word) and the position in which the letter appeared (first position or second position in the word).
The first remark is the recurrent 'used as a function word to indicate'.
In English, a function word comes before a content word (the dog, his hat, with friends, for example) and the duration of the content word is longer, while in Japanese or Hindi, the order is reversed, and the pitch of the content word higher.
As shown in Table 1 above, more than half of CLIL and non-CLIL students' self-repairs at T1, T2 and T3 involved the lexicon, both content and function words. It was found that both CLIL and mainstream English learners made use of self-repair sequences when they realized that they had used either the wrong content or function word.
Nominal Verbal Expression Expression Definition of New Term (fare) spamming to spanning 'junk email as a collective/the sending of junk email' -noun suggests verbal action (fare) blogging il blogging 'the act of contributing to blogs/ writing or engaging in blogs -noun suggests verbal action (fare) scrolling to scrolling 'the function of moving through pages on the computer screen' -noun suggests verbal action Consequently, the telic (functional) role associated with fare is very much in line with the connotative core vocabulary of Italian on the Internet and therefore it is to be expected that a function word of this sort, used to perform dynamic activities, might play such a central role.
Even though this ambiguous function word 'la' (meaning the or it depending on its syntactic context) should make things harder for children, 2-year-olds clearly distinguished between correct and incorrect contexts.
Craig claims that function word tests support this conclusion, but the results are not shown.
--Strong forms of function words occur if the function word --is isolated --is focused --is at the edge of a phonological phrase
After the corpus is tagged, frequencies are collected for each tag and for each function word (determiners, prepositions, etc.), and also for each adjacent pair of tags and function words.
Depending on a function word everyone uses (of), and being unambiguously countable, Wells's negative markers warrant careful scrutiny.

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